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Morrisville State football falls short on opening day, Hartwick tallies 31-20 victory

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Junior wide receiver Jordan Wilkins (Portsmouth, NH) compiled 144-yards receiving and three touchdown scores and Anthony Casimano (Gansevoort, NY) had 150-yards rushing and a score to lead visiting Hartwick College past Morrisville State 31-20 on opening day on Drake Field in Morrisville.

Wilkins gave Hartwick the early 7-0 lead on the first drive of the afternoon, completing a four play, 64-yard drive with a 29-yard pass from Kyle Morenus (Sidney, NY) for the score.

Minutes into the second, Wilkins extended the lead for the Hawks, adding a 27-yard receiving score for the 14-0 advantage, before Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) put the Mustangs on the board with 3:35 to go with a 22-yard scoring reception from quarterback Joe Shue (Fulton, NY).

Heath Dunn (Mechanicville, NY) put the Hawks up 10 at the half, hitting a 19-yard field goal as time expired to end the quarter.

In the third, Sean Barrett (Hopewell Junction, NY) ignited the Mustang offense, breaking through tackles for a 25-yard rushing touchdown, cutting the Hawk lead to 17-14. Wilkins tallied his third touchdown of the afternoon with 2:44 remaining in the third, completing a five play, 65-yard drive with a 37-yard reception from Morenus to regain the 10 point advantage for Hartwick.

With 7:10 to go in the fourth, Casimano rounded out a Hartwick drive with a seven-yard rushing score to give the Hawks the 31-14 lead.

Gordon added a final score for the Mustangs late in the fourth, catching an eight-yard pass from Shue, but Morrisville State ran out of clock as Hartwick collected the 31-20 non-conference victory.

Barrett led the Mustangs on the ground, carrying the ball 11 times for 48-yards and a score while Gordon led the receiving corps in the air, catching 13 for 111-yards and two scores. Shue went 21-for-45 for 143 yards and two passing scores, throwing two interceptions.

Morenus was 10-for-23 in passing with 156-yards for Hartwick, throwing an interception. Jordan Spirou (Westbury, NY) led the defensive unit with 12 total tackles, four solo, and an interception, while Chad Rockefeller (Delhi, NY) compiled nine.

Enrique Robinson (St. Paul, MN) had nine total tackles for Morrisville State, while Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) and Craig Brennan (Bay Shore, NY) each had eight.

Morrisville State was held to just 240 yards total offense, while Hartwick compiled 442.

The Mustangs (0-1) return to the field Saturday, September 18, hosting Kean University for the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opener at 12 p.m. on Drake Field.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.